To be included amoung this group of prominent achievers remains one of the greatest honors I have ever recieved.

Oregonian Honor Roll Certificate to Tom Ohling for service to community

The Oregonian FOODDAY

Honor Roll

The Oregonian FOODday takes pleasure in awarding this Certificate of Appreciation to Tom Ohling for enhancing the food scene in Oregon through his willingness to serve, his focus on children and his commitment to more nutritious food for all.

Ginger Johnston, Editor

Front page of Oregonian Honor Roll including Tom Ohling

Nurturing souls and bodies of the needy — TOM OHLING

Tom Ohling, 51, has worn many hats in the past 30 years: record store owner, bartender, nightclub manager, Loaves & Fishes community resources director, chairman of the Chef and the Child Committee for the American Culinary Federation Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon, board member, consultant, chef.

But nurturing is his first love.

As the Nutrition Magician for the past five years, he has taught at least 75,000 K-8 students the magic of healthy food choices.

His most recent magic act is articulating a vision, bringing to life and raising money to open the Community Kitchen Care and Career Program for homeless youth in Northwest Portland. This project is operated by the Salvation Army Greenhouse.

It was his work at Loaves and Fishes that set the stage for his continued dedication to community service. “I got to touch people’s lives,” he say’s.

He hopes to help Portland’s homeless youth well beyond their years at Greenhouse. “The program is not just teaching kids to flip burgers, and it’s not just giving them job skills. It’s not just a culinary school,” he emphasizes.

The program was born out of the concept that people - Greenhouse kids included - gain meaning in their lives by helping and connecting withothers. One way to achieve that is through feeding each other.

“I try to help others find their way in community service, too. I try to act as a shepherd to goodwill in the community.”

He also wants to open the door to a more intimate communication through mealtime.

“It’s not just about nutrition, but about the root word, nurture, and what happens when people come to the dining table with a need for nutrition and a deeper need for community.”

“This is a way to bring kids into the experience. Dining, that is the first thing that homeless people lose,” he says. “When we break bread together, we break barriers and suspicions.”

“Everything we really need to know we could learn at the family dinner table.”

from The Oregonian FOODday Honor Roll article

I could hardly believe my eyes when the following letter arrived in the mail.

Dear Tom:

Congratulations on your being named to FOODday’s very first Honor Roll of passionate achievers who have enhanced the Oregon food scene.

We are very proud to honor you in this way and hope that you will be pleased with our article, to be published in FOODday on Tuesday, June 12.

One of our eight award recipients, chef Pascal Sauton, has generously offered to host a cocktail reception for Honor Roll recipients and FOODday staff members at 6 pm, Friday, June 15 at his restaurant, Esplanade at RiverPlace Hotel, Portland.

We hope that you will come and bring a guest. Please let me know as soon as possible, so I can tell Pascal how many to expect.


— Amy Starke, FOODday Staff Writer, The Oregonian

Ohling along with other Honor Roll inductees

I am still shaking my head to have been included amongst these innovative and selfless community leaders (from left to right): Doc and Connie Hatfield, Tom Ohling, Amy Starke (Oregonian Writer), Genny Nelson, Cassandra Garrison, Alan Kapuler, Pascal Sauton, Arden Sheets and Amelia Hard.

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    A partial alphabetical list of those with whom Nutrition Magician® has worked:

  • ACF Chef & The Child Foundation
  • ACOSTA Food Service
  • AIPC Sales Co.(American Italian Pasta Company)
  • American Culinary Federation
  • American Indian Council
  • Assilomar Conference Center
  • Benton County Fair
  • Benton County Health Department
  • Bob's Red Mill
  • BPM Senior Living
  • Central Oregon Arts Association
  • Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
  • Clackamas County Fair
  • Clark County Public Works
  • Coastal Marketing
  • Columbia County Fair
  • Commission For The Blind
  • Darcy’s Good Food & Drink
  • David Hanzlik & Associates
  • DeChutes County Fair
  • Doscocil
  • Food Service Specialists
  • Free Clinic of SW Washington
  • Gales Creek Camp
  • Glimcher Properties
  • Hanzlik & Associates
  • Illinois Department of Education
  • Illinois School Nutrition Association
  • In & About Magazine
  • Janus Youth Projects
  • Jefferson County Kentucky Head Start
  • John Halpern, CPA
  • Kelley-Clarke, Inc.
  • Kentucky Cabinet of Health
  • Kentucky Head Start
  • Kentucky State Fair
  • Kids Fest Chicago
  • Kikkoman
  • Linn County Fair
  • Lloyd Center Corporation
  • Loaves & Fishes Centers, Inc.
  • Marriott Food Service
  • Marriott Residence Inns
  • Michaelbook Country Club
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Team Nutriton
  • Multnomah County Fair
  • National Psoriasis Foundation
  • Northwest Hospitality News
  • NW Natural
  • Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services
  • Oregon Center For Assisted Living
  • Oregon Commission For The Blind
  • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Oregon Dietetic Association
  • Oregon Health Care Association
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Oregon Parent Training
  • Oregon Restaurant Education Foundation
  • Oregon School Employees Association
  • Oregon School Food Service Association
  • Oregon State Fair
  • Oregon VISTA
  • OSFSA Conventions
  • Parent Magazine
  • Pathfinder Academy
  • Pharmacist Association of Southwest Washington
  • Portland Parent Magazine
  • Portland Rose Festival
  • Realty By Referal
  • Rolling Hills Casino, Inc.
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Salvation Army Greenhouse
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc.
  • Stanz Food Service
  • Stewart’s Fire Fighting Catering
  • SYSCO of Pittsburgh
  • SYSCO of Portland
  • SYSCO of Sacramento
  • The Inn at Spanish Head
  • The Oregonian
  • The Salvation Army-Cascade Division
  • Uncle Ben's Foods
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • US Foodservice
  • Washington County Fair
  • Washington County Oregon Head Start
  • Washington Human Resources Council
  • Western Culinary Institute
  • Willamette Luthern Care Home
  • Willamina School District
  • Yamhill County Fair